7 Space-Savvy Ideas to Maximize a Small Kitchen

These small kitchen remodeling ideas will impress

Tuck in, hang above, pull-outs, swap around. These are small space solutions for the kitchen. Ingenuity for function and storage stand out when there’s a shortage of surface and square footage. Rather than rely on floor space, furniture that multitasks or rethinking placement can shed new light on ideas not thought of before. From built-in dish racks and breakfast bars to a pegboard à la Julia Child, see how these Sweeten homeowners made their small kitchens feel grand. And for larger kitchens, you’ll have some great conversation starters!


kitchen sink

Jo, a product designer, took a cue from Europe and used bamboo shelves as a drying rack to sit above the sink. (Another Sweeten homeowner did this too.) She had them sealed to prevent warping from wet dishes. What a great way to keep your dish-drying tidy and organized while saving space on the countertop.


kitchen table

The size of their small corner kitchen didn’t stop Dianna and Todd from featuring their bar front-and-center of their 440-square-foot studio. A set of wall-hung shelves display the ingredients for a fun gathering.

dining nook

A lot of floor plan variations were sketched out to maximize Elizabeth and Martin’s 124-square-foot galley kitchen. A bar-height table held storage which also seated 4-5 people for a café-style feel. To minimize clutter on the kitchen countertop, a built-in paper towel holder was designed right into the cabinetry.

dishwasher drawerDesperate for more storage in her tiny kitchen, Mollie decided to get rid of her full-size dishwasher. In a stroke of genius, her Sweeten contractor designed a pull-out drawer that could conceal a much smaller unit. The swap also meant one less bulky appliance in sight.

kitchen bar

Paul’s galley kitchen was extremely small and had little working counter space. Not only did a swap of two appliances change the entire flow but there was enough room to build a 14″ ledge with a wraparound effect. Now, a convenient and useful spot to perch can be enjoyed for coffee or reading.

kitchensmall kitchen ideasDealing with limited counter space in their kitchen, Casey and Kumar added a pull-out cutting board to make prep simpler. It’s part of a custom, floor-to-ceiling built-in that spans the width of a wall filled with various-sized cabinet doors.

Brooklyn, New York City, renovation, remodel, kitchenBrooklyn, New York City, renovation, remodel, kitchenClever organization made working within 44 square feet possible in Sunghee and Joseph’s cook space. They focused on smart storage solutions, like the pegboard panel on the outside of a narrow pantry cabinet. It also doubles as a drying rack and permanent hanging spot.

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